Dec 2017

Cari Fratelli e Sorelle di Cellini,

December is upon us and the year 2017 is coming to an end. As we enter 2018 we know that this will be Cellini Lodge #2206’s Golden Anniversary (1968- 2018). I hope you all are ready to enjoy this celebratory year. Since I last wrote you I have been busy representing Cellini with the many events in October’s Italian Heritage month.

Nominations are here! Please make sure you follow nominating procedures if you wish to become an officer and/or a convention delegate – I have appointed IPP Alfonso as Chair of the Nominating Committee; please make sure you inform him to run. Many emails have been sent and procedures are also in this newsletter; if you have any questions please feel free to ask Alfonso or me. All positions are opened and in order to keep a strong, diverse and visionary leadership, now is the time to step up if you are willing to dedicate some time and effort for you lodge.

Members are hard at work! One of our new members collected over 300 names for the Save Columbus Day petition (Lucy Bonerba); another 148 by Tony Cenzoprano who humbly gave credit to a woman named Petrosino who did the work for him. Let’s not forget 3 chefs – J. Prinzevalli, A. Squillante and L. Werther for whipping up the cream puffs, vanilla cashew cookies and sausage bread, respectively that everyone enjoyed at our November general meeting. Thanks for all your time, effort and charity as this camaraderie is what makes us strong and great.

In November we had a speaker from Sviglani and Como (a newsletter advertiser) discuss Elder Law before our general meeting – I am trying to have different topics discussed that may be useful to members. Bingo was well represented (with about 60 people) as 1st time Chair Gina Lombardo and team had a successful and fun night. The calendar meeting was productive as we will try to have something for everyone again in 2018. Thank you to those who participated. Make sure March 23, 2018 is on your calendar as we celebrate our 50th year Scholarship Dinner Dance. The Garibaldi-Meucci Museum (GMM) Luncheon on Staten Island was enjoyable as usual and had amongst others our State IPP, Carolyn Reres being honored. The brick walkway and flags at the museum were quite the sight. If you haven’t been there or would like a brick engraved you should do so. The GMM is owned by the Sons of Italy – we support now and should in the future. Luigi and team ran an enjoyable Thanksgiving Social and special thanks to Trustee Jim Prinzevalli who prepared and cooked the turkeys, etc. – a delicious banquet!

Jim was also appointed by me to sell the $30 lotto calendars – we still have about 23 left and need to sell all. See Jim or email me to purchase.

Winter is on its way as the winter solstice is on Thursday, December 21 at 11:28 AM marking the day with the shortest period of daylight and the longest night of the year. This is because the Northern Hemisphere is pointed at its furthest distance from the sun, bringing in less light and colder temperatures.

The Adult Christmas Party and Children’s Christmas Party are in December and Pasta Night in January– see information inside this newsletter.

Quando l’amico chiede, non v’è domani. – When a friend asks, there is no tomorrow.

God Bless you and your family, God Bless our ancestors and heritage and God Bless America!

Buon Natale e Felice Anno Nuovo

Too All Members: Have a Swell Noel, a Cool Yule and a Very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Mark A. Ventimiglia
Cellini Lodge # 2206
Order Sons of Italy in America

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